Department Chair
Edward Webb
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2007).
Denny Hall Room 202
(717) 245-1009
Department Faculty
J. Mark Ruhl
(on sabbatical Spring 2017)
Glenn E. and Mary L. Todd Professor of Political Science (1975).
Denny Hall Room 207
(717) 245-1501 |
B.A., Dickinson College, 1970; M.A., Syracuse University, 1972; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1988-1989; Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2012-13

He specializes in comparative politics. His research centers on the politics of democratization in contemporary Latin America with a special emphasis on civil-military relations.
David G. Strand
(Director, Norwich Humanities Program in England, 2015-17)
Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science (1980).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105E
(717) 245-1204 |
B.A., Lawrence University, 1971; M.A., Columbia University, 1973; M.Phil., 1974; Ph.D., 1979.

His teaching and research fields include modern Chinese politics and history, urban studies, human rights, and Asian studies and the environment. Books include Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989, Reconstructing Twentieth Century China: State Control, Civil Society and National Identity (co-editor with Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard) (New York: Oxford University/Clarendon Press, 1998), Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China (co-editor with Sherman Cochran and Wen-hsin Yeh) (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies China Research Monographs, University of California, Berkeley, 2007), New Lives for Asian Images (co-editor with Samuel K. Parker) (Carlisle, PA: Dickinson College Department of East Asian Studies and Trout Gallery, 2008), and An Unfinished Republic: Leading By Word and Deed in Early Twentieth Century China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). His latest publication is “A Walk in the Park: Singapore’s Green Corridor as a Homegrown Import,” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 223 (July 2014) National University of Singapore. He will serve as Director of the Dickinson Norwich Humanities Program, 2015-17.
Russell Bova
Professor of Political Science; Walter E. Beach '56 Chair in Political Science (1982).
Denny Hall Room 101
(717) 245-1550 |
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1977; M.A., Indiana University, 1980; Ph.D., 1985.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2010-11

Professor Bova teaches a variety of courses on international relations and comparative politics. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Russian politics and comparative democratization. The second edition of his international relations text, How the World Works, was published in 2012.
Harold L. Pohlman
Professor of Political Science; A. Lee Fritschler Professor of Public Policy (1983).
Denny Hall Room 301
(717) 254-8326 |
B.A., University of Dayton, 1974; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1982.

Professor Pohlman’s teaching interests include American constitutional law, other law-related courses, and political and legal philosophy. Recent publications: Professor Pohlman’s undergraduate constitutional law textbook, Terrorism and the Constitution: The Post-9/11 Cases was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2008. His book May It Amuse the Court: Editorial Cartoons of the Supreme Court and Constitution (with Michael A. Kahn) was published by Hill Street Press in 2005. He has also published three recent volumes in the second revised edition of Rowman and Littlefield’s Constitutional Debate in Action series: Civil Rights and Liberties (2005), Criminal Justice (2005), and Governmental Powers (2004).
Douglas T. Stuart
(on sabbatical Spring 2017)
Professor of Political Science and International Studies; J. William Stuart and Helen D. Stuart Chair in International Studies, Business and Management; Adjunct Professor, U.S. Army War College (1986).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105B
(717) 245-1930 |
B.A., Marist College, 1970; M.A., University of Southern California, 1974; Ph.D., 1979.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1990-1991; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1995-1996.

His teaching and research interests include American foreign policy, national security affairs, Asian and West European security. Dr. Stuart is also an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Army War College.
James M. Hoefler
Professor of Political Science (1989).
Denny Hall Room 206
(717) 245-1311 |
B.S., Syracuse University, 1977; M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987; Ph.D., 1988.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2003-04

Professor Hoefler specializes in American politics and public policy. His research areas are end-of-life decision making and the right to die, in both the U.S. and western Europe.
Neil J. Diamant
Professor of Asian Law and Society (2002).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 005
(717) 245-1540 |
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1988; M.A., University of Washington, 1991; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1996.

Professor Diamant's research focuses on law and society in Asia (with particular reference to China, Japan, and India), civil-military relations in China, patriotism in comparative perspective, and the history of Chinese constitutionalism. He also teaches courses on Israeli politics and Zionism. Publications: Professor Diamant is the author of two books, Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love, and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968 (University of California Press, 2000). He also co-edited Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (Stanford, 2005). Recent articles include "Conspicuous Silence: Veterans and the Depoliticization of War Memory in China" (Modern Asian Studies, 2011), "Veterans, Organization, and the Politics of Martial Citizenship in China" (Journal of East Asian Studies, 2007), "Veterans' Political Activism in China" (Modern China, 2014), "Contentious Veterans: China's Ex-Officers Speak Out" (Armed Forces and Society, 2014). Forthcoming articles on China's 1954 Constitution will appear in The China Journal (2015) and Cold War Studies (2015). He has contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes, including "The Limitations of Martial Citizenship in the People's Republic of China," in Peled, Lewin-Epstein, Mundlak and Cohen's Democratic Citizenship and War (2010); "Why Archives?" in Carlson, Gallagher, Lieberthal, and Manion's Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (2010); and "Legal Syncretism and Family Change in Urban and Rural China" in Galvan and Sil's, Reconfiguring Institutions across Time and Space: Syncretic Responses to Challenges of Political and Economic Transformation (2007).
Douglas E. Edlin
Associate Professor of Political Science (2004).
Denny Hall Room 305
(717) 245-1388 |
B.A., Hobart College, 1988; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990; J.D., Cornell Law School, 1993; Ph.D., Oxford University, 2002.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2007-08; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2013-14.

His research and teaching interests are in comparative constitutionalism, the judicial process and judicial review, the legal and policy issues raised by developments in assisted reproductive technology, and the politics of race and gender in the United States.
Kristine Mitchell
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2006).
Denny Hall Room 7
(717) 245-1220 |
B.A., Oberlin College, 1997; M.A., Princeton University, 2003; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Mitchell's teaching and research interests include European and EU politics, political identities, and labor politics. She has conducted field research across Western Europe and has held visiting and short-term appointments at the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for European Studies at New York University, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, and the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.
Edward Webb
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2007).
Denny Hall Room 202
(717) 245-1009 |
B.A., Cambridge University, 1992; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003; Ph.D., 2007.

His teaching and research activities are mainly in Middle East politics, comparative politics and international relations. He contributes to Middle East Studies and Security Studies. He has particular interests in the interaction of religions and politics and the politics of education, as well as authoritarianism and empire. His interest in pedagogical applications of new technologies, including simulations, games, and social media, has led to him being appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. A former diplomat, he has lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe. Recent publications: Professor Webb contributed a chapter on “Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism” to 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, edited by Ishiyama & Breuning (2011) and a chapter, “Should the Daleks Be Exterminated?” (with Mark Wardecker) to Doctor Who and Philosophy, edited by Smithka & Lewis (2010). His article “Engaging Students with Engaging Tools” was published in Educause Quarterly in 2009.
Andrew T. Wolff
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2008).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 003
(717) 245-1968 |
B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1995; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2003; Ph.D., 2010.

His areas of teaching and research include U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, NATO and EU security policy, international relations theory, and diplomatic summitry. Currently, his primary research concerns the geopolitics of NATO enlargement and the implications of NATO transformation. He has been a legal staff assistant in the United States Senate and an English teacher in the Czech Republic. Professor Wolff's most recent article “"The Future of NATO Enlargement after the Ukraine Crisis" was published in International Affairs in September 2015.
Jason Toby Reiner
Assistant Professor of Political Science (2011).
Denny Hall Room 3
(717) 245-1705 |
B.A., University of Manchester, 2000; M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2001; M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 2006; Ph.D., 2011.

His research and teaching interests are in contemporary Anglo-American political theory, including ethical aspects of world politics, especially the ethics of war and global distributive justice, public policy, including immigration, citizenship, and minority rights, and in political ideologies, especially liberalism and social democracy.
Sarah E. Niebler
Assistant Professor of Political Science (2013).
Denny Hall Room 19
(717) 254-8093 |
B.A., Muhlenberg College, 2004; M.A., Lehigh University, 2005; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008; Ph.D., 2012.

David O'Connell
Assistant Professor of Political Science (2013).
Denny Hall Room 13
(717) 254-8092 |
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2005; M.A., Columbia University, 2007; M.Phil, 2009; Ph.D., 2012.

O'Connell's research interests include the presidency, religion and politics, and American political development. His research on presidential campaign decision-making has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly. His first book, God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, is forthcoming in the fall of 2014.
Kathleen Marchetti
Assistant Professor of Political Science (2015).
Denny Hall Room 12
(717) 254-8331 |
B.A., Gettysburg College, 2007; M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2009; Ph. D., 2013.

Professor Marchetti's research and teaching interests focus on gender and politics, interest groups, intersectionality, state politics, public policy, and political methodology. Her research on these topics has been published in State and Local Government Review, Interest Groups & Advocacy; Gender, Place & Culture; and Politics, Groups and Identities. At Dickinson she will offer courses on identity politics (e.g., gender and politics, race and politics), American government, and interest groups and advocacy.
Adjunct Faculty
Anthony R. Williams
Visiting Professor of Political Science and Security Studies (2011).
Denny Hall Room 14B
(717) 254-8135 |
B.A., Old Dominion University, 1967; M.A., University of Virginia, 1969.